Thorn of the Rose: Issue 28: Camping Sparks
Do you trust your children enough to send them off when it is time?
Camp Rosetta was the most sought after Spark and Rose camp. Everyone wanted to send their kids to learn to speak Rose fluently, as well as the physics, computer science, math, technology, engineering skills they’d need to brainstorm their own Sparks. At Camp Rosetta, kids spent half the day on the technical sides, discussing old Sparks, analyzing theoretical physics as it related to real-world problems and the other half conversing and writing in Rose. Evenings were devoted to intellectual property law and business plans.
“With passion and compassion,” the Camp song went. “We translate our ideals into reality.” Parents, of course, did not actually truly care if their kids saved the world. What was more important was the ticket out that the Spark Prize offered. For a lucrative idea, you could get half the royalties, half the profits. And you wouldn’t spend a dime developing that—the MD Foundation took care of all of that. After all of the lottery scandals shut down the lottery system, everyone knew that the only way to strike it rich quick was to conceive a brilliant solution to something troubling the world and then to convince the MD Foundation to back it.
Pistil had begged his parents for years to let him go. “You let Manny and Johnny go off to football camp, and you wouldn’t let me.” he nagged.
“That’s because you could get hurt at the big bad old football camp,” Johnny returned, giving him a noogie behind his ears.
“ Nothing will hurt me at the Rosetta camp, and it could help us all,” he begged. And continued his pleading until at last his parents relented.
“Maybe it will teach you how to be a girl,” Abigail, his mother said. After all, Stem Victorian Beauty’s going to be there for two whole days, and she knows how to act. Maybe you can learn some beauty tips from her.”
Pistil fervently agreed to do everything he could to learn from Stem Victorian Beauty. It was Stamen who was reluctant to go, not her father.
“If you are going to be Brainy, Brian, then you might as well get us a prize,” her father said. “Just go to this, learn, and come up with something. Gotta keep the roof over our heads after all.”
Since it was this or soccer camp, Stamen signed up.